Chechu Álava, Rebel Kid, 2019. Oil on Canvas, 35 x 27cm. Courtesy of the artist & SMAC Gallery.

The Female Line

SMAC Gallery to host exhibition inspired by artists personal matrilineal ancestry

‘The Female Line’ calls on the artist to critically consider the inherited roles that exist within their matrilineal ancestry. In addressing and focussing closely on aspects of a culture driven by female agents (mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts) – this exhibition asks the artist to engage with their personal matrilineal ancestry as they have experienced it. ‘The Female Line’ aims to reflect on histories of violence and histories of love, loss, and nostalgia; the current effects that the matrilineal society has claimed over space and politics as well as their own sentiments, celebrations, fears, questions, and pleasures experienced both personally and as part of a collective memory.

Chechu Álava, Rebel Kid, 2019. Oil on Canvas, 35 x 27cm. Courtesy of the artist & SMAC Gallery.Chechu Álava, Rebel Kid, 2019. Oil on Canvas, 35 x 27cm. Courtesy of the artist & SMAC Gallery.

‘The Female Line’ includes work by emerging artists from various geographical backgrounds:

Chechu Álava (Spain)
Romina Bassu (Italy)
Simphiwe Buthelezi (South Africa)
Jeanne Gaigher (South Africa)
Gabrielle Kruger (South Africa)
Sepideh Mehraban (Iran)
Richard Mudariki (Zimbabwe)
Kresiah Mukwazhi (Zimbabwe)
Asemahle Ntlonti (South Africa)
Talia Ramkilawan (South Africa)
Brett Seiler (Zimbabwe)
Iris Schomaker (Germany)

‘The Female Line’ will be on view at SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, from 29 August till 12 October 2019.